The placement process will guide you in selecting the appropriate course for your current skill level in English or ESL (English as a Second Language), math, or chemistry.  Completing the online placement process is also required for priority registration. 

English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment

For students whose first language is not English.  Please visit the ESL Guided Self-Placement to help determine which courses are best for you.

Chemistry assessment

For students who already have experience in beginning chemistry and would like to skip lower level courses.  During the COVID-19 epidemic we are offering this assessment remotely.  Please e-mail our office at with your name, DVC ID#, date of birth, as well as three dates and times that you would be available to take the assessment.

Please note:

  • Assessments/placements are a free service provided to all students who have applied to DVC.
  • You may have to wait up to 48 business hours after applying before you are able to schedule an appointment.
  • DVC only assesses students who are enrolling at DVC in either the present or future term. 

See our assessment policies for more information.  

Contact the Assessment Center

Telephone: 925-969-2132


Fax: 925-682-8179

Office location: SSC building, room 140 (first floor)
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Telephone: 925-551-6215


Fax: 925-242-0856

Office location: West Building 109
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